Spindrift CodeDojo Day
We held our first kids CoderDojo coding day in the London office on the 24th January. Seven kids were in attendance aged between 7-13+.
CoderDojo (https://coderdojo.com) is a global network of volunteer-led, independent; community based programming clubs for young people. These young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. In addition to learning to code, attendees meet like-minded people and get to show off what they’ve been working on. This first event was a pilot before we open it up to invite friends and family. Spindrift parents taught their children how to code using Scratch and also gave them an introduction to what we do here at Spindrift. The kids loved it and now actually know what mum and dad do at work.
We are now part of the Community kids supporting STEM Company and I am the registered representative of the Dojo. A Dojo is a local, independent, volunteer-led programming club that is a part of the global CoderDojo community. Topics covered in Dojos vary, based on the influence of the volunteer technical mentors in each Dojo, but the most commonly, Dojos cover Scratch.
As part of the welcome package, we received four Raspberry Pis courtesy of Google. We will use the Raspberry Pi to teach kids how to make stuff rather than simply consume, which is often the case when they use their tablets and smartphones now.
We hope to host several of these events in the future and openly invite more kids and speakers to help encourage kids to take up STEM subjects and hopefully careers. Ultimately, its great for kids to know what mum and dad do at work!
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See the photos and videos from the kids CoderDojo day on our Flickr account. https://www.flickr.com/photos/spindriftgroup/with/16400617671/